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.French Resources Subject Guide: Films

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Video Formats

DVD (see also Using Subtitles)


Online Streaming

Using Subtitles

When they are available, you can run the subtitles track on DVDs to assist you in one of two ways:

  •     display the English translation
  •     display the written French to reinforce your understanding of the audio track. 

To turn on subtitles:

  1. Go to DVD's Main Menu.
  2. Subtitles option is often on the top level; otherwise look in Features or Options.
  3. Select the language you want to display in the subtitles.
  4. Play movie.


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Film titles link to Hamersly Library catalog for availability status and other information.  More film details, including genre and popularity, courtesy of The Internet Movie Database and linked with this icon: IMDb  Need help getting the subtitles?

PLEASE NOTE: Films in which French is the original language (not simply available via subtitles) are listed first in descending chronological order. 

VHS Tapes

Films On Demand

Films On Demand provides educational videos and performances in online streaming format.  There are three subject categories relevant to French studies. Some of  the content here is in French, and some of those include English subtitles. 

French Language

French Culture & History

French Literature and Drama